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Discovering Old Frisian Letters. Compounding in Old Frisian Letters

Stephanos. 2016. No. 6 (20). P. 209-219.

This article deals with the word stock of private letters written in an Old Germanic language, Old Frisian. Most notable word-building trends identified in the investigated data are presented. The phenomenon of “frisianizing” borrowed words is touched upon in this paper as well. Other specific features of Old Frisian illustrated here are dialectological differences and word form distortion cases, as well as the process of elision.

One third of the Old Frisian word stock are compound words, therefore special attention is paid to compounding as a lexical tool used to produce new concept denotations. In terms of compounding, the most numerous and representative word classes are researched: nouns, verbs and adverbs.